Parenting Plan Form Instructions
Revised December 2013
INSTRUCTIONS FOR PROP OSED PARENTING PLAN
State law requires parties to file a parenting plan with all divorces involving minor children filed
after August 1, 2009. The law changes some of the terminology with which parties may be
familiar. The new terms are identified below:
“Parenting time ” is the new term for the time when a child is to be in the care of a parent –
formerly known as visitation.
“Residential responsibility” is the new term for custody. Primary residential responsibility
means a parent with more than fifty percent of the residential responsibility.
“Parenting Plan” is a written plan required in any proceeding to establish or modify a judgment
providing parenting time.
Fill in the names of the parties and include the case number on the top of the form.
1-3. Read these items which contain important information regarding your children, decision
making, and information sharing and access.
4. Circle the appropriate party for designation of legal residence of the child for school
attenda nce pur poses.
5. Complete the appropriate designation of residential responsibility (custody).
6. Clarify Parenting times and parenting schedule (visitation) as clearly as possible.
7. Discuss who will b e responsible for tra ns p or t at ion and exchang e o f the chil dr en, i ncl udi ng
timing and locations. It is important that these discussions be ongoing and consider the
best interests of the children.
8. Discuss how you will handle adjustments to the parenting time schedule.
9. Discuss which types of third parties you will use to resolve various types of disputes and
how the costs of hiring a professional mediator will be shared.
10. If the parties have developed a parenting plan agreement that includes more detail than
space allows on this form, additional pages may be attached.